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Has anyone ever experienced complications from spay/neuter proceedure?

post #1 of 15
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I posted about this problem a few months ago. I had my two 8 month old kittens neuterd back in February. When they came home they had problems walking. They wobbled and couldn't jump or play. I decided to give it some time. They did get a little better but there was still a noticable change in the way they walk. I called the vet a week later and told her about this change. She is baffled as to why they have trouble with their balance. I considered the possiblity that they hit a nerve with the needle because they also got rabies shots. She said that couldn't be it because the needle was very short. To this day they walk a little funny and have trouble jumping. I have spoken with other vets and they think that they have improved as much they they are going to. They are happy cats and I love them dearly. It hasn't changed them alot, but I am wondering if anyone has experienced this. If so what was the explaination? I'm still wondering.
post #2 of 15
I have not and no one I know has.. I am sorry this happened. Could it be because of to much anestesia....
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
That's what I am thinking. I went to the low cost clinic and I think the assistant was inexperienced. They were also very stressed from the car ride and just being at the vet. It was their first visit. What's done is done I guess, but I will never take another cat to that clinic.
post #4 of 15
I think you are great for not going back there....
post #5 of 15
I would call the clinic back and ask them what kind of anesthesia they use. Their problem sounds more like a neurological one than actually something that happened to their legs/back. Cheaper veterinary anesthesia has more neurological side effects, especially if they were given too much. It's so odd that they both have this same problem, esp from a neuter, which is not a complicated procedure at all.
post #6 of 15
Never had an issue with close to 20 neuters and 1 spay. only thing I noticed is the 2 kittens who went ot the regular vet practice were tired/drunk but it was a drop off by 9am and they go home 5pm that day-the rest of my cats have all gone to a spay/neuter clinic and stayed 24 hours. My ex-feral was hoarse-guessing she cryed all night Sorry to hear you had an issue with your two guys. RJ
post #7 of 15
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I know a lot of people who have gone to this clinic for there dog and cat care. They haven't had any problems. I guess we just had a bit of bad luck. I noticed it took a long time to come out of the anesthesia. They slept for another 4 hours after I got them home and were a little glassy eyed the next day. Most people I have talked to said that their kitties acted like nothing had happend the next day. They are happy and otherwise healthy cats. It just makes me a little sad to see them wobble when they walk. I guess it just goes to show that you should really do your research when finding a good vet.
post #8 of 15
I've heard a TON of low cost clinic horror stories, the emergency clinic here repairs TONS of spays everyday from low costs clinics, they have had several incidents where the cats haven't been sewn up properly and had their guts fall out.

Most likely your cats had a reaction to the anesthesia. They sometimes use a different combo in low cost clinics than what private clinics use, that's what makes the spays and neuters so cheap. Did you do a pre-anesthetic blood screen?
post #9 of 15
If you find a good low-cost clinic then the risks are the same as a regular vet. Zissou was spayed at one, but they are subsidized by generous donations and are in a ritzy community that supports them. They use isofluorane (sp) and not the other stuff, etc. It's the low-cost clinics struggling financially that have to make sacrifices in order to stay open at all that sometimes run into trouble. She healed beautifully and the vet that examined her a week later (she got the kitty flu or got into something, don't know) said they had done a beautiful job.
post #10 of 15
Just curious-do you know if any siblings/the mother had any reactions(don't know how you got your kittens).
post #11 of 15
The walking different sounds almost like a stroke victim.
post #12 of 15
Snowball had his teeth cleaned and was very weak in the back legs the day after. This problem got worse the next day so I took him back to the vet. She said he had an inner ear infection and gave him antibiotics. A couple of days later he showed improvement and continued to improve but I have never felt he completely recovered. That was a couple of years ago. Ever since he seems to have chronic ear problems and weakness in his back legs. I do not know if there is a correlation or not. After his teeth cleaning several of his whiskers turned white, too.
post #13 of 15
Guys, that really worries me. LuckyGirl is scheduled to get spayed next month. I know it's with a reputable vet (her regular vet) that accepts low cost spay certificates. But I am already having terrible anxiety over having to leave her overnight. There's not enough wine in the western hemisphere to get me through it!!! I'm just worried she'll be scared and think we left her. And I feel so bad cause she has already had to go through so much in her young life... and I am already a wreck and her appts a month away! Now hearing about that!!! I would be so upset!
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by LuckyGirl
Guys, that really worries me. LuckyGirl is scheduled to get spayed next month. I know it's with a reputable vet (her regular vet) that accepts low cost spay certificates. But I am already having terrible anxiety over having to leave her overnight. There's not enough wine in the western hemisphere to get me through it!!! I'm just worried she'll be scared and think we left her. And I feel so bad cause she has already had to go through so much in her young life... and I am already a wreck and her appts a month away! Now hearing about that!!! I would be so upset!
Snowball is my only cat that has ever had problems. He was about 10 yrs old when he had his teeth cleaned so his age probably had something to do with his problems. I do feel he received too much anesthesia and his stress level was very high, too. My cats have led a very sheltered life so he is terrified of anyone except my husband and me. We seldom have company at home, but as soon as the door bell rings he is under the bed.

LuckyGirl will do just fine. I am assuming she is young, so that is in her favor.
post #15 of 15
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Guys, that really worries me. LuckyGirl is scheduled to get spayed next month. I know it's with a reputable vet (her regular vet) that accepts low cost spay certificates. But I am already having terrible anxiety over having to leave her overnight. There's not enough wine in the western hemisphere to get me through it!!! I'm just worried she'll be scared and think we left her. And I feel so bad cause she has already had to go through so much in her young life... and I am already a wreck and her appts a month away! Now hearing about that!!! I would be so upset!
She's going to be JUST fine! Especially since they are keeping her over night, they can keep a REALLY good eye on her. Around here we don't keep them over night, it's good because the pets get to go home, and bad because like the first scenario the cat came home moving funny and acting odd, LuckyGirl will be with people who know what to look for if she's having a problem, and they will be able to take care of it. She'll do fine. If you have the option to get a pre-anesthetic blood screen, I would pay for it just to calm your nerves also that everything is fine and that she can process the anesthetic.
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